Joint team scoop victory
The composite Ashford/Thanet youth squad are still on track for success after recording a superb victory in the Youth Development League Southern Division at the Julie Rose Stadium.
The team held off the challenge of main rivals Crawley and Brighton & Hove with a series of outstanding performances.
Under-15 girl Grace Sullivan continued her fine progress this season in an Ashford double in the long jump. She achieved a personal best 5.14m to win the A event in style, while team-mate Emilia Isaac claimed B honours with 4.32m.
Sullivan was also third in the A 100m, while Isaac was second in the A 75m hurdles with the B race won by team-mate Chloe Foord.
Ashford also shone in the javelin, the A event claimed by Emily Knights-Toomer with Jaimee-Ann Heyes second in the B competition.
Hannah Owen was edged out of top honours three times with second in the A discus, hammer and shot but had good back-up with B wins from Chloe Williams and Alice Fox.
There were personal bests from Ellie Atkins and Foord in the 1,500m and crucial points picked by Alexandra Prickett, Amber de Moubray, Beatrice Lever and Madilyn Johnson.
The under-13 girls also shone with a fine 800m double with personal bests by Hannah Brooks and Faith Cox, the latter clocking a stunning 2.42.89. Brooks was also third in the B shot with Thanet’s Omega Skeen second in the A event.
Another double came in the high jump won well by Faith Etokowo in a personal best 1.39m, while Thanet’s Leah Henniker cleared another best of 1.25m for the B victory.
Skeen secured good points with a win in the A150m with Ella Hindle second in the B race. Skeen was second in the B 75m sprint, which also would have brought her victory in the A race.
Jade Curtis won the A long jump comfortably with Ella Hindle second in the B jumps in a PB 3.41m. Points were also secured by Lauren Chambers, Alice Bussey and Katy Burton.
A personal best 18.69 throw gave Ellie Rush second in the A javelin with Emily Giardina scoring well in the B throws and B hurdles.
Two personal bests gave the squad maximum points in the under-15 boys’ pole vault won by Alex Hardy with a 3m clearance.
Leon King took the B honours with 2.20m and Thanet’s Adam Jacques and James Anderson also recorded PBs in a fine double in the hammer. Anderson also won the A discus and the pair took seconds in the A and B javelin, while King won the A high jump with a 1.50m PB, with Jake Timmins second in the B event.
Timmins and Oliver Marsh did well in the 80m hurdles with second places, Marsh recording a best time of 15.85. He was also second in the 300m B race, with Hardy scoring in the A race.
Peter Banks and Thanet’s Philipos Stamatiou scored well in the sprints going close to a double in the 200m with Banks second in the A race and his team-mate winning the B event.
Banks recorded a PB of 5.10m for third in the A long jump with the B event won by Harjan Khiara with 4.99m.
Ed Miller had two fine seconds in the B shot and discus. Other contributors were Ellis Bennett, George Maher, Frank Webster and Marshall Smith.
Jack Seery gained the only under-13 win, taking the A 800m. Joe Griffiths went close to making it a double
Consistent scoring saw a PB in the high jump for Tom Keaveney and good displays by Harry Pitman, Connor Neal, Lewis Godden, Jake Chapman, Leon Noelkin and Luke Cressey.
FINE PROGRESS: Grace Sullivan